We love this time of the year when it gets colder and we can finally open up all the windows in the house, turn off the AC, and let the breeze come through. The holiday music and decorations come out and a feeling of family and fun are in the air.
Thanksgiving can never come fast enough for the Hendrix family. After the sugar high of Halloween has worn off and we settle back into our daily routine, we start putting up our Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.
Capt. Joe has finished up his yearly boat maintenance of painting the boat, repairing and maintaining the rods and reels, fixing bait cages, painting the bottom of the boat, and general R&M for the Fearless. He is getting geared up for another season of fishing and Thanksgiving week is when the crowds really start coming back into town. There is a short lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but once Christmas hits it’s non-stop for the Fearless. You can feel it by the traffic and all the people in the grocery stores and restaurants. It’s like Islamorada comes alive again.
Typically, we go to Capt. Joe’s parents’ house in Homestead for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the whole family is together for a couple of days. It’s Joe’s brother, Jim and his family, his Grandma Fran, who flies in from California, and his aunt and uncle, who also come up for visits.
We love eating turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and all the other yummy Thanksgiving and Christmas treats. We sit by the pool, or by the fireplace, and watch the kids, relax, catch up and the occasional visitor stops by here and there.
Joe may have to come and go because he is fishing during that time, but it’s not a far drive, so it works out well. It’s that time of the year when he gets to catch his favorite fish - sailfish. He’s also catching kingfish, which we use for our annual Hendrix competition.
Capt. Joe’s dad loves to smoke fish and his favorite is kingfish. Joe will bring it to him over the weeks before and freeze them. Right before Thanksgiving, Joe’s dad will brine and smoke them and then the competition for who makes the best smoked fish dip begins. It’s very entertaining and all recipes are top secret, as well as Joe’s dad’s smoking secrets.
May you, and your families, all have a peaceful holiday season.
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